The Characteristics of an Effective Nonprofit Leader

Integrate the Key Character Qualities Necessary to Become an Effective Nonprofit Leader into Your Personal Leadership Style

In this workshop we will address the question ‘What are the characteristics of an effective nonprofit leader?’ You will think about people (both alive and no longer living) whom you consider to be leaders, and the qualities of their character that cause others to relate to them as leaders. CSL will share the results of its 15+ years of research into what characterizes effective nonprofit leadership, including its review of surveys of tens of thousands of employees around the world from the nonprofit, private and public sectors who have been asked what they look for in their leaders. You will try to find answers to the questions leaders ask themselves everyday: How do I inspire and motivate my staff? How do I build trust with my staff, Board, funders and clients? How can I lead with empathy and emotional intelligence so my employees feel valued, inspired and committed to their work? CSL will also share the Three Spheres of Effective Leadership – a model that distills the three most important leadership qualities and how you can leverage their interactive nature and exercise them daily to become an effective leader.

Workshop Impact

This leadership workshop will have a tremendous positive impact on:

  • The capacity of your organization to raise funds for its programs
  • The passion, commitment and effectiveness of your staff
  • The relevance and usefulness of your board

Some specific results you can expect to see are:

  1. More honesty and authenticity among executive and program staff, yielding improved work communication, more teamwork and better results
  2. An enhanced action-oriented, ‘can-do’ culture where staff believe in their capacity to innovate, make things happen and bring in tremendous results for the organization
  3. An organizational culture of continuous quality improvement and organizational learning that facilitates program delivery breakthroughs, continuous innovation and high-level service for your clients
  4. Improved internal communication between and within departments
  5. Staff with a stronger connection to the organizational mission willing to work harder without supervision
  6. More patience among executive staff and improved managerial capacity to handle ‘difficult employees’
  7. Many more staff who connect with the passion of the leader and are willing to work hard toward a mission they easily understand and believe in
  8. A higher level of trust, accountability and honest reporting throughout the organization; More staff meet work deadlines and honor their commitments to supervisors and vice-versa
  9. Executive and program staff who are more resilient, ‘bounce back’ from challenges more quickly and maintain their focus on the organizational mission and goals

Contact CSL
to learn how we can customize this and other Leadership Workshops for your nonprofit.



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